Rothenburg Nightwatchman Now Live on Your Computer or TV

December 20 Do you love the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber as much as we do? After all, it’s been our homebase in Europe since 1999. Now you can enjoy the splendid “Walk of the Nightwatchman” LIVE and unedited (OK, maybe a little bit edited) as he makes his rounds, telling stories, jokes […]

Visit to Ancestral Marklohe, Germany

October 11 Recent guests from Minnesota visited the village of Marklohe, Germany recently. The blog address below shows photos from this brief stop on the way to Amsterdam. Rosen Family in Marklohe

Where European Focus Started 25 Years Ago

October 8 This is where it all started, 25 years ago. Sent on assignment by the European ‘Stars and Stripes’ to Bremerhaven, I saw the sign leading to Bremen as I was zipping down the autobahn. I called my mother from a payphone along the road. ‘Mom, what does Bremen mean to our family?’ She […]

Blog Post Leads to Personal Visit to Ancestral Village and More

October 3 A blog post from a family tour we did back in 2006 resulted in Marv Rosen bringing his family to Germany to visit relatives, see ancestral villages and also take in some of the beautiful and historic countryside of Germany and the Netherlands. The Rosens visited Marklohe, Niedersachsen towards the end of their […]

A 1,000 year-old baptismal font in the ancestral church

August 21 There are baptismal fonts and then there is the font in the little church at Kirchtimke, near Steinfeld, Niedersachsen, Germany. While the church is older than most in America, having been built in 1739, the font is truly spectacular. It is Romanesque and dates back at least 1,000 years. That means it was […]

Visiting Cousins in Grafshaft Veldenz, Germany

August 11 Give us 11 months to prepare for a family history trip and you just never know what you are going to experience. How about stepping foot into the house where your great-grandmother lived as a little girl? What about wine tasting with cousins, who by the way, also make that wine? What about […]

Toast to Ancestors in Wine Country of the Mosel Valley, Germany

August 7 Thanks to exhaustive research carried out by our partner Roland Geiger (far left) our guests from Missouri were able to toast ancestors in a vineyard above Veldenz that was owned by them before they emigrated to America. Making it extra special was the fact that current-day cousins are also wine makers. Barbara is […]

Planning now underway for private, custom-designed tours in 2015 and 2016

August 6 For tours in Germany or in Europe in 2015 – New and return clients are making their reservations now for tours in Europe in 2015 and yes, even as far ahead as 2016. Remember, all of the tours arranged and led by European Focus are custom-designed and built one at a time for […]